GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09: Free safety Kerry Rhodes #25 of the Arizona Cardinals looks up to the video board during the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Seahawks 20-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
With Week 1 in the books, the Cardinals hold first place in the division, they start out 1-0 for the third time in three straight years. While there are thing the Cardinals have to clear up, we did however get some clarification on burning questions that were burning throughout the Preseason and into the game. Lets look at these question and lets take a look at what the Cardinals have to do to secure a Week 2 win against the Patriots.
There were question marks about the quarterbacks too. How would Skelton respond in his first game as the Official starter of the Cardinals offense? He opened up the game better than what was expected of him, but the Seahawks made adjustments at halftime, and our offense was not able to find a spark, till of course Kolb came in.
Now lets look at what the Cardinals can do to pull out a win in a game that analysts will, of course, write the Cardinals out.
1) Establish the Run Game: Coach Whisenhunt has already said if Skelton is unable to go, they will go more no huddle with Kolb. In order for it to succeed the entire game, we'll need to establish our run game early.
2) Protection: Shouldn't be as big a problem or worry as it was against the Seahawks. If Kolb is in he'll be playing out of the shotgun and getting rid of the ball quicker reducing his fear of the rushers. Bobby Massie and Batiste played well last week putting the thoughts of the O-line in the back of our minds, at least for one week.
3) Get the Ball to FITZ!: 4 catches last week, putting him in position to be the youngest player in history to reach 700. It'd be nice if we can get it to him in the endzone a few times with the Patriots not having an extraordinary secondary.
4) Find a way to stop the TE's: Really should be number one on this list, but I feel like with Horton he'll find some way to